About Paul Valle

Paul Valle

Paul Valle is a Baltimore native who has always had a passion for baseball. But his passion goes beyond the average spectator. Paul has been studying baseball--specifically the Orioles--since his youth. He not only appreciates the on field play, but the strategy and statistics behind it. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and New Media from Towson University to go along with his Associate of Arts Degree in English from Harford Community College. Paul is a regular contributor to Eutaw Street Report, and also hosts an Orioles YouTube show called "The Payoff Pitch," which you can also find at Eutaw Street Report.

It was Tough, but O’s Made Right Decision on Markakis

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It’s been a tough week for the Baltimore Orioles and their fan base. The blow from the loss of Nelson Cruz, the MLB leader in home runs in 2014, stung but was expected as the Orioles weren’t willing to go beyond three years and he clearly wanted four or more. The real gut-wrencher, the kick to the groin, is the departure of lifetime Oriole, Nick Markakis. Nick Markakis was a gamer for the Orioles, playing in 147 or more games in eight of his nine seasons with the club. He […]

Royals Take 2, but Give O’s Bulletin Board Material on Way Out

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Game 2 of the ALCS went much like Game 1. The Orioles and Royals tied in the late innings, Royals score multiple runs, Orioles get the tying run to the plate, and come up short. We can sit here and lament what could have been or might have been. What if Adam Jones, a career .149 hitter with 13 K’s in 47 career postseason at-bats, bunts with two on and nobody out in a 4-4 game in the 7th inning? Nelson Cruz, the hottest hitter in the lineup, singled the […]

KC Takes Game 1, but Plenty of Baseball to Play

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Let’s all take a collective deep breath. Game 1 did not go the Orioles’ way. There were plenty of missed opportunities. There was plenty of second-guessing. But it’s not the end of the world. This was simply game one. And there are…that’s right, you guessed it…plenty more opportunities. The fact is this: the Orioles lost a game. That’s the obvious. But if you’re anything like me (and I’m assuming most of you die-hard fans are), you know that the Orioles loss isn’t the only fact. So let’s use our 20/20 […]

Searching for an Answer to Chris Davis’ Struggles

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As any O’s fan can readily attest, Chris Davis has struggled – to put it mildly – during the 2014 season. His stat line of .199/16/50/.311 with 116 Ks is reminiscent of Mark Reynolds, whom the Orioles opted not to resign after 2012 for posting similar numbers. We all know how magical the 2013 season was for Chris Davis. In fact, from the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2013, Chris Davis was one of the most prolific power hitters in the game. During that time span he hit […]

O’s Again Show Resilience After Tough Loss

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Tough losses happen to every team; they just do. The Orioles have been on both ends of walk-off games this year, the most recent coming Friday night in Oakland. In case you missed it, the A’s, down 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, needed just three batters to win the game. A 65-foot swinging bunt and a broken bat blooper brought the winning run to the plate in Josh Donaldson, and then Zach Britton threw a sinker that didn’t sink. About 420 feet later, the A’s were walking off […]

The O’s Early “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2014

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After watching the Orioles go 3-for-12 with RISP Thursday night and leave 11 men on base, it is safe to say one thing about this team: they are incredibly frustrating to watch. Whether it’s Buck leaving a pitcher in too long, Adam Jones swinging at sliders in the dirt and then scolding pundits (fans and analysts alike) who criticize him for it, or the seemingly team-wide unwilliningness to take a walk (aside from Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, and Chris Davis), this team is enough to cause baldness, either from the […]

Tommy Hunter is Nearly Un-hittable…from the Stretch

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Fans in Baltimore are all too familiar with closers that get your heart racing for all the wrong reasons. From Don Stanhouse to Armando Benitez to George Sherill to Kevin Gregg, closers in Birdland have caused some high marks in the blood pressure category for quite some time. So why should Tommy Hunter be expected to provide any type of relief? On Wednesday night, Hunter recorded his 10th save in 11 opportunities as the Orioles defeated the Rays 4-3. The save, however, came after Hunter had given up three hits […]

Week 5 O’bservations & May Outlook

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The Baltimore Orioles started out week five of the season playing a double-header on a scheduled day off against the Pittsburgh Pirates after severe rain caused two straight postponements. The Orioles swept the double-header and then traveled to Minnesota, where they promptly won game one of the three game series to pull a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the division. The stay in first place was short-lived, however, as the O’s dropped the following two games to Minnesota, scoring just three runs in the […]

Weeks 3 and 4 O’bservations

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After going through the first two weeks of the season with a 6-7 record, the Baltimore Orioles were able to even their record at 12-12 by going 6-5 in the 11 games played over the past two weeks (one game was rained out). The Orioles had one of the toughest schedules in all of baseball in the season’s first month, yet have managed to keep their head just above water as they enter the season’s fifth week. So how were the Birds able to win six of the last 11 […]

As Ugly As They Come

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The date was May 13, 2007. Jeremy Guthrie, making just his third start of the season, took a shutout into the 9th inning in Boston, having surrendered just three hits. After getting Julio Lugo to ground out to start the inning, Guthrie got a pop-up from Coco Crisp. Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez dropped the ball, allowing Crisp to reach first safely. Guthrie was then removed from the game with the Orioles still comfortably out in front 5-0. Four hits, three walks and another error later, the Orioles walked off the […]

Week 2 O’bservations

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In week one of the 2014 season, the Orioles went just 2-5, including a four-game losing streak after a win on Opening Day. The rotation was a mess as Chris Tillman provided the only quality start of the week, going 8.1 innings in his 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers, while the offense just couldn’t seem to get anything going as the team was held to four runs or less six times. So what would week two have in store for the residents of Birdland? The Orioles started week two […]

Week 1 O’bservations

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Through the first week of the 2014 season, a few surprises have caused the Orioles to find themselves looking up in the standings as they finished the first seven games with a 2-5 mark. For the second straight season the Birds have started the campaign with a losing record. Hopefully they fair a bit better this time around. So how did they come to this record? A Call for Arms Aside from Chris Tillman (13.1 IP, 1.35 ERA), the starting rotation hasn’t even been mediocre – they have been downright […]

American League East Preview & Prediction

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It’s the best division in baseball. Four teams won 85 or more games last season and all four of those teams have made a playoff appearance in one of the last two seasons. The American League East boasts the best baseball money can buy. A division that was once dominated by two teams (New York and Boston) for more than a decade has turned into a free-for-all with the consistency of the Tampa Bay Rays and the emergence of the Baltimore Orioles as an offensive powerhouse. And one cannot speak […]

2014 National League & World Series Predictions

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Ladies and gentlemen, baseball is back. We are less than one week away from the official stateside start to the MLB season (the Dodgers and Diamondbacks played two regular season games in Australia last weekend), and with a new season comes new expectations. With practically every team in first place (sorry Arizona), it is only fitting that we here at Eutaw Street Report project which teams stay there and which teams fall back to the pack. So, without further ado… See my AL predictions here…   NL East Washington Philadelphia […]

2014 American League Predictions

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Ladies and gentlemen, baseball is back. We are less than one week away from the official stateside start to the MLB season (the Dodgers and Diamondbacks played two regular season games in Australia last weekend), and with a new season comes new expectations. With practically every team in first place (sorry Arizona), it is only fitting that we here at Eutaw Street Report project which teams stay there and which teams fall back to the pack. So, without further ado… See my NL predictions here… AL East Tampa Bay Baltimore […]

Predicting the 25 Birds That Will Fly North to Baltimore

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With Opening Day looming in one week, the Orioles are rounding out their roster as Spring Training comes to a close. But what will that roster be? Today, we take a look at the possible 25-man Opening Day roster. Keep in mind this is only a prediction and the roster is subject to change day-to-day and week-to-week. With today’s trade of Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi, it’s obvious that Dan Duquette isn’t anywhere near finished making moves. With that in mind, here we go…   Pitchers Chris Tillman-SP Ubaldo Jimenez-SP […]

O’s Should Keep “Nick the Stick” in Baltimore

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He has never made an All Star team. He has never been a Silver Slugger or led the league in any major offensive category. The man just shows up every day and goes to work. He doesn’t hit eye-popping home runs. He doesn’t run like a gazelle and has never stolen more than 18 bases in a season. The man just shows up every day and goes to work. All offseason, Orioles fans have been clamoring for two things: moves to give the team a fighting chance at playoff berth […]

Hey O’s fans – It’s not so bad!

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We’ve heard all the complaints about the lackluster offseason the Orioles have had to this point. Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday, and the biggest news from the warehouse since the final game of last season has been the announcement of the agreement (pending a physical) with Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, a former Korea Baseball Organization MVP and All-Star coming off a season plagued by a shoulder injury. Could this ball club have done more to improve? Yes, absolutely. Does the Yoon signing change the Orioles’ stance that they need to […]

For O’s, improving OBP and RISP as important as adding another starter

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It’s the same thing, just a different day. Another cold winter day goes by to match the cold Orioles offseason. We’ve been singing the same tune since the Winter Meetings in December. We’ve discussed the need for pitching, namely a starter and a closer. We’ve discussed the need for a competent DH and the unwillingness to part with a first round pick or spend the money the market dictates to fill these holes. What we haven’t discussed is the core of this team that makes them contenders without doing much […]

As FanFest looms, O’s still looking for arms

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With FanFest coming on Saturday and the last big name off the board in Masahiro Tanaka, Orioles fans are growing increasingly impatient with the lack of moves this offseason. We’ve discussed it all before. This team is one or two solid moves away from making a serious run. Buck knows it, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette knows it, the league knows it, and the fans know it. But what are the moves this team needs to make? The most glaring need is starting pitching. In 2013, Orioles […]
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